One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
A steep ravine or precipice.
gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rentView synonyms
- ‘About 160 years ago, the church of Ecclesgretg stood below the Heughs of St. Cyrus.’
- ‘He therefore requested to be put ashore, and, from the top of a heugh or broken bank, enjoyed the scene much more to his satisfaction.’
- ‘It stands on a heugh or elevation up which gently ascends the Berwick and Carlisle turnpike from Kelso bridge.’
- ‘They were both buried in one grave, which is still pointed out at the head of a heugh, on the banks of the Amon.’
- ‘The Heugh is a dark green hill, westward of the castle, terminating towards the harbour in a rocky cliff.’
Late Middle English: from Old English hōh, of Germanic origin.
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